Sorbus alnifolia Red Bird

Red Bird
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red

As the name suggests Red Bird features large bright orange / red berries in the autumn, which are popular with birds.  The autumn leaf colours are also attractive.

The flower clusters borne in early summer are a pure white, contrasting nicely with the fresh green toothed leaves - more impressive than those of most rowans.

In winter the smooth grey bark and dense spreading bare branches are attractive.

The rowan species Sorbus alnifolia is sometimes known as the Korean Mountain Ash. The species name reflects the alder-like shape of the leaves, which are also more similar to the leaves of whitebeams, and some authorities consider this to be a whitebeam rather than a rowan

Red Bird trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 25th November 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
2-year Red Bird tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years

How to grow

Red Bird belongs to one of the less well-known rowan species, Sorbus alnifolia. This species has a wider climate range than most other rowans, and is a good choice if you want to plant a rowan tree and live in an area with a warm dry climate. It will also tolerate very cold climates, but is not suitable for hot humid climates.

Red Bird prefers slightly acidic soils.

It grows fairly quickly, initially with an upright column form, but noticeably more spreading as it ages.

Red Bird characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Site conditions: Sheltered site Windy site
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Open spaces Specimen planting
  • Pruning: No need to prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: South Korea
  • Flowering month: May June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Bark: Grey


  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree

We have a very wide range of Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.

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